Archive for May, 2010

Archivist For Metadata & Encoding (Digital Archivist) at East Carolina University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University is recruiting an Archivist For Metadata & Encoding (Digital Archivist).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archivist is a member of the Special Collections Department and reports to the Assistant Director for Special Collections. The Digital Archivist will develop, in collaboration with other staff, internal encoding standards and evaluate and deploy software for use in encoding; work to ensure the online accessibility of finding aids through the design of the end-user interface and navigation for the EAD repository; coordinate training for Special Collections staff involved in the creation of EAD finding aids; work with Special Collections staff to select collections for digitization, taking into account factors such as scholarly impact, fragility of materials, copyright, and privacy; and maintain and expand the Special Collections Department Website using emerging web technologies and best practices that serve a growing online user community. The Digital Archivist will co-chair the Metadata Advisory Group, which will develop guidelines for metadata creation, identify core elements common to all projects, set standards for levels of detail and granularity for individual projects and repositories, and serve as consultants to the Metadata Librarian and metadata providers.

Digital Repositories: Multiple-Deposit Function Added to EasyDeposit SWORD Client

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Self-Archiving on May 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stuart Lewis has announced that a multiple-deposit function has been added to the EasyDeposit SWORD client.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

For those of you unfamiliar with EasyDeposit, it is an online tool that allows you to configure your own SWORD client. It is intended that you run multiple copies of EasyDeposit and configure each for a specific tailored use, such as thesis deposit, journal deposit, multiple deposit etc. The deposit process is made up of a set of 'steps' which you can configure and change into a preferred order to make your chosen client. . . .

The new multiple deposit functionality allows the administrator to 'hard code' the details of a set of repositories, and upon completion of the deposit process the item is deposited into each of those repositories. EasyDeposit has been designed with extensibility in mind, so if you wish to write your own 'steps,' for example to allow the depositor to select which repositories from a given list they would like to deposit into, this is easy and straightforward to write in PHP.

Systems Administrator-Digital Project Development at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is recruiting a Systems Administrator-Digital Project Development.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (Job ID #: 603):

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is seeking a Systems Administrator to lead the implementation of new national and international projects as well as maintain and enhance all existing library web-based, digital and electronic projects; Assist with the development and maintenance of new and existing proprietary and non-proprietary databases; perform server level duties and support the library’s hardware and software needs; Work and coordinate with the IT department to maintain system functionality and integrity;

Participate in all Library and Archives digitization projects and act as a liaison with the IT department, our bioinformatics scientific community and external collaborators.

Digital Preservation: Open Planets Foundation Established

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The four-year Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) project is ending. To build on its work, the Open Planets Foundation has been established.

The initial members are:

  • Austrian Institute of Technology
  • The British Library
  • Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library of Denmark)
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The National Library of the Netherlands)
  • Microsoft Research Limited
  • Nationaal Archief (The Dutch National Archives)
  • Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (The Austrian National Library)
  • Statsbiblioteket (The State & University Library, Denmark)
  • Tessella plc

Read more about it at "Welcome to the Open Planets Foundation."

DigitalKoans Back on 6/1/10

Posted in Announcements on May 30th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans weblog postings will resume on 6/1/10.

Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-05-30

Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on May 30th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Open Access in Italy: Report 2009

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on May 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SELL (Southern European Libraries Link) has released Open Access in Italy: Report 2009.

Here's an excerpt:

In Italy the OA movement has mainly pursued a "bottom up approach." Librarians, IT professionals, senior researchers, early adopters in individual universities and research centres have been actively involved in promoting awareness on OA issues, in implementing repositories, in planning projects, writing policies, developing tools. Initially, the academic institutional hierarchies failed to take any clear stand on the issue.

No specific national funding has been allocated for open access initiatives and in most cases the implementation of the Open Archive was financed with ordinary budget expenditures.

In a limited number of cases (i.e. University of Cagliari, University of Naples Parthenope, University of Sassari, and University of Trieste) the repositories were successfully funded under Regional spending. To date neither the government nor the Ministry of Education and Research have made any recommendations on this matter or provided any funding. Parliament has made no stand on the issue.

Manager, Digitization and Preservation at Toronto Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Toronto Public Library is recruiting a Manager, Digitization and Preservation. Salary: $77,240.80-$95,804.80.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Toronto Public Library seeks a creative and highly motivated leader to manage its active and growing Preservation and Digitization Services Department. The position is suited to an individual with demonstrated and successful experience in library digitization, and an understanding of the requirements for the preservation of special and rare collections.

Under the general direction of the Manager, Special Collections, Archives and Digital Collections, the successful candidate will manage the daily operations and lead a team of 10.4 FTEs which includes a department head, digital technicians, professional conservators, and other support staff.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in digital initiatives and knowledge of current best practices in digitization, metadata, storage, workflows, and management of digital assets, as well a familiarity with special collections materials, and collection preservation practices and strategies.

"EBSCO Library Collections and Budgeting Trends Survey"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Higher Education Budget Cuts, Libraries on May 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

EBSCO has released the "EBSCO Library Collections and Budgeting Trends Survey," which was conducted in February of this year.

Here's an excerpt:

Eighty-three percent of librarians reported either budget cuts or no budget growth during the 2009-2010 year. ARL libraries were especially hard hit with 64 percent reporting budget decreases. Expectations for 2010-2011 are similar with a total of 85 percent of respondents expecting decreased or flat budgets.

Assistant Director for Library Technology and Digital Initiatives at East Carolina University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on May 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

East Carolina University's J. Y. Joyner Library is recruiting an Assistant Director for Library Technology and Digital Initiatives. Salary: minimum of $72,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Known for its leadership in distance learning and its mission to serve, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University (ECU) seeks a creative, forward-thinking, experienced, and user-focused individual to fill the new position of Assistant Director for Library Technology and Digital Initiatives. The individual in this position will be the primary technology architect and planner for the Library. The individual will have direct supervisory responsibility for four areas: Digital Collections, Integrated Library System Services, Technology Support, and Web Development Team.

Responsibilities: The Assistant Director for Library Technologies and Digital Initiatives reports to the Dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources and serves on the senior management team. The Assistant Director will contribute to strategic planning, program development and evaluation, and allocation of resources in support of the Library’s mission. The individual will coordinate activities and set priorities for the four reporting areas; develop and promote a cohesive vision for the Library’s online identity; represent the Library on information technology groups on the ECU campus, within the University of North Carolina system, and externally; establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaborations; maintain professional knowledge of trends in libraries and higher education and a strategic awareness of the role of technology in libraries; and assure that the Library is at the forefront of best practices in delivering services.

Planets Project Deposits "Digital Genome" Time Capsule in Swiss Fort Knox

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Planets project has deposited a "Digital Genome" time capsule in the Swiss Fort Knox.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Over the last decade the digital age has seen an explosion in the rate of data creation. Estimates from 2009 suggest that over 100 GB of data has already been created for every single individual on the planet ranging from holiday snaps to health records—that's over 1 trillion CDs worth of data, equivalent to 24 tons of books per person!

Yet research by the European Commission co-funded Planets project, co-ordinated by the British Library, highlights deep concerns regarding the preservation of these digital assets. Findings suggest that as hardware and software are superseded by more up-to-date technology, and older formats become increasingly inaccessible, the EU alone is losing over 3 billion euros worth of digital information every year.

Looking to ensure the preservation of our digital heritage, on 18 May 2010 the Planets project will deposit a time capsule containing a record of the "Digital Genome" inside Swiss Fort Knox—a high security digital storage facility hidden deep in the Swiss Alps—preserving the information and the tools to reconstruct highly valuable data long after the lifeline of supporting technology has disappeared.

Inside the Digital Time Capsule:

  • Five major at risk formats—JPEGs, JAVA source code, .Mov files, websites using HTML, and PDF documents
  • Versions of these files stored in archival standard formats—JPEG2000, PDFA, TIFF and MPEG4—to prolong lifespan for as long as possible
  • 2500 additional pieces of data—mapping the genetic code necessary to describe how to access these file formats in future
  • Translations of the required code into multiple languages to improve chances of being able to interpret in the future
  • Copies of all information stored on a complete range of storage media—from CD, DVD, USB, Blu-Ray, Floppy Disc, and Solid State Hard Drives to audio tape, microfilm and even paper print outs . . .

Since 2007 the volume of data produced globally has risen from 281 exabytes to over 700 exabytes—much of this is now considered to be at risk from the repeated discontinuation of storage formats and supporting software. Current studies suggest that common storage formats such as CDs and DVDs have an average life expectancy of less than 20 years, yet the proprietary file formats to access content often last as little as five to seven years and desktop hardware even less. Backing up this data is a start, but without the information and tools to access and read historical digital material it is clear huge gaps will open up in our digital heritage.

To meet this threat, in 2006 the European Commission established the Planets project—Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services—bringing together a coalition of European libraries, archives, research organisations, and technology institutions including the Austrian National Library, the University of Technology of Vienna, and the British Library to develop the software solutions to guarantee long-term access. Marking the end of the first phase of the project the deposit of the Planets "Digital Genome" in Swiss Fort Knox will help to highlight the fragility of modern data and help to protect our digital heritage from a whole range of human, environmental and technological risks.

Programmer Analyst III at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 26th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Programmer Analyst III.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

You are a programmer interested in being part of a team envisioning and building the next generation of library discovery & delivery services. You thrive on dividing your time between programming and analysis. You have the ability to understand and troubleshoot flows between existing core Discovery and Delivery systems and to understand how metadata is mapped and transformed as it travels between discovery and delivery systems. You seek out innovative ways to continually improve interactive library systems. You have a high degree of technical competence to perform analysis and QA autonomously. You are deeply and creatively engaged with the digital library domain and a champion for users. You want to work on:

  • Multi-campus systems
  • Large datasets
  • Collaborative projects with partners such as Google, Internet Archive, the Hathi Trust and other digital libraries

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